Date Night

We’re nearly at the end of Ramadan and while I have been trying to step outside my comfort zone in terms of cooking, the reality is that I’ve just been far too tired to do anything that requires any kind of effort. But, date night with the best friend is always the exception. On the menu for the night was: creamy coriander mash, potato wedges, chicken steak, salad, and creamy peppercorn sauce.

Creamy Coriander Mash

Ingredients:

  • 55g instant mashed potato
  • 250ml boiling water
  • Handful of coriander, roughly chopped
  • 1 tsp butter

Method:

  1. Combine all the ingredients until the mashed potato is of a creamy consistency – add a bit of milk or cream if you want a richer flavour.

Potato Wedges

Ingredients:

  • 3 potatoes, washed and cut into 8 wedges each
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Method:

  1. In a deep pan of boiling water, add salt and potato wedges and boil for five minutes.
  2. Preheat the oven to 180ºC.
  3. Drain in a colander and place on a baking tray – I add some greaseproof paper to the bottom of my tray to avoid any sticking!
  4. Coat with oil, salt, and pepper (and any other spices if you want flavoured wedges) and cook in the oven for 20-30 minutes or until golden and crispy.

Chicken Steak

Ingredients:

  • 2 chicken fillets, pounded lightly to flatten
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/4 tsp tandoori masala
  • 1/2 tsp red chilli powder
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice

Method:

  1. Marinate the steaks and leave for a minimum of 2 hours.
  2. Heat a griddle pan on a high flame and when sizzling hot, place the steaks on the pan for 5-10 minutes on each side and serve hot.

Creamy Peppercorn Sauce

Ingredients: 

  • 75ml Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 tsp crushed peppercorns
  • 100ml single cream

Method:

  1. Heat the Worcestershire sauce over a medium to high heat and slowly add in the cream.
  2. Stir continuously and add the crushed peppercorns – leave for a few minutes to thicken before serving.

The recipe for my staple salad can be found here.

Wining and dining aside, I have realised the hard way that the time I spend with the loves of my life is far more important than anything else. No matter how many things I’m feeling or going through, they keep me grounded and remind me daily that family is not at all exclusive to blood relations. I hope that you all have people in your life who love you (and your cooking!) unconditionally.

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